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The Ledge by Jim Davidson
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May 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, own, vine
Read from May 26 to June 01, 2011 — I own a copy

Witnessing the death of a friend is never easy, but doing so at the bottom of a crevasse while in a life threatening situation is downright devastating. Jim Davidson recalls the fateful day on Mount Rainier when he tumbled 80 feet into a crevasse, pulling his climbing partner Mike Price in after him in a fall that would take Mike’s life. Remarkably, Jim survived without major injuries, but he must make the most technically difficult climb of his life if he wants to save himself and recover Mike’s body. Jim narrates the desperate efforts he made to revive Mike and the grueling hours he spent ascending the vertical ice wall, exhausted, using minimal equipment, and mourning his friend’s death. In a constant battle of emotions, Jim is forced to overcome his self-doubt to gain the confidence and summon the energy he needs to get himself out of the crevasse.

I commend Jim for sharing such a personal and emotional experience. With the permission of Mike’s family, he has turned this tragedy into inspiration. He suffered a great deal, especially the survivor’s guilt that plagued him for years afterward. He also chronicles the experiences that helped him gradually heal and to regain the courage to climb, like a trip to Tibet in honor of Mike. While there were some technical aspects of mountain climbing that were beyond me, Jim made a good effort to explain various gear and methods to non-climbing readers. There were some redundancies in his recollections, but otherwise, it was a powerful testimonial to his friend and a story worth reading.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program.
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